Cheryl Wilson Smith’s work transforms everyday glass into barely imaginable revelations. She builds her work similar to a 3D printer—layer by layer, in a meditative process. She then relinquishes them to the kiln, where they are transformed from a pile of powder to solid mass.
Cheryl lives in the far North, surrounded by manifestations of nature. The rocks, trees and lakes are a daily reminder that she is only passing by briefly. Nature was here long before her, and she hopes it will be here long after. As a recipient of the 2014 RBC Award for Glass, Cheryl strives to reflect these impressions in her work. It is her goal to capture the insignificance of humanity in the face of nature. At the same time, she examines the central irony—the contradiction—which connects to the nature of the legacy we leave as humans.